It’s Time for Asians to Drop Their ‘Blaccent’

‘Talking Black’ doesn’t make you cool. It makes you racist.

A photo of Awkwafina.
Awkwafina attends the 35th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival — Virtuosos Award held on January 18, 2020 in Santa Barbara, California. Photo: Michael Tran/Getty Images

Young people in the South Asian diaspora have a collective responsibility to dismantle the systems that oppressed our ancestors and Black folks around the world.

I think that a lot of Asian appropriation is born out of a desire to be cool or to fit in. … You can respect a culture without wearing it, fetishizing it, or profiting off of it.

Fiction writer, poet, and freelancer. Indo-Guyanese. Professional yawner. Twitter @hahadiyyah Kofi:

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